A federal grand jury this week indicted a previously-deported man on charges of being an aggravated felon who re-entered the United States illegally.
That man, Angel Daniel-Garcia, 35, also faced charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee, in a press release.
“Court records indicate that Daniel-Garcia was deported in 2010 after he brandished a pistol and robbed two gas stations on Murfreesboro Road in Nashville, Tennessee. Daniel-Garcia returned to the United States and was charged and convicted in federal court of being an aggravated felon who illegally entered the United States after previously being deported. In October 2015, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison and deported after the completion of his sentence,” according to the press release.
“Daniel-Garcia again returned to the United States and according to the indictment, on September 10, 2019, he was found in possession of a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol. Daniel-Garcia is also facing felony drug and firearms charges in Davidson County, Tennessee in relation to a shooting incident on the same day. If convicted, Daniel-Garcia faces up to 10 years in prison on each firearm violation and up to 20 years in prison on the immigration charge.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives are investigating the case along with the Department of Homeland Security-Immigration & Customs Enforcement and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Safeeullah is prosecuting the case, according to the press release.
This is not the first time of late law enforcement officials have had to combat alleged criminal activity involving an illegal immigrant.
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, an alleged MS-13 gang member, Franklin Jefferson Pineda-Caceres, continuously tried to recruit a Glencliff High School student into the infamous gang in January.
The student, however, did not want to join MS-13, so Pineda-Caceres and two other men traveled to the high school and allegedly forced him into his vehicle.
While in the car, these three men allegedly beat the student after he continued to refuse their requests to join the gang. After allegedly beating him, the three gang members dropped the student back off at the high school.
Police booked Pineda-Caceres on aggravated kidnapping, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle), four counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and immigration violation.
Also, the DOJ is charging him with re-entering America illegally, which means he faces up to two years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.
The gang member was deported in 2016 after he was caught illegally entering the United States two years earlier. Previously, Metro police arrested him in 2017 on drug crimes. After being arrested, he was again deported in 2018 but re-entered the country illegally.
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